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Clinical Trials

eQcell conducts clinical trials for the purpose of achieving veterinary drug approvals. The literature has established that these animal data are of pre-clinical value for human drug development in the indication. 

eQcell’s dual-purpose use of animal data is a novel product development strategy for human stem cell therapeutics in regenerative therapies for non-life-threatening disorders since it includes the  evaluation of safety and efficacy using genetically-diverse, relevant, large animal models of spontaneous disease. The One Health process is recognized by regulatory agencies, IPAC Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

eQcell has completed enrolment in two equine clinical trials novel in Canada and the USA, and is currently enrolling in one equine and one canine trial in Canada. These trials are designed to produce data to inform pivotal trials anticipated to initiate in 2026 for the commercialization of its innovative therapies in a diverse range of conditions within the scope of veterinary health. Provided the data from equine trials are positive they will warrant studies in humans in the targeted indication, consistent with One Health principles and eQcell’s paradigm of dual-purpose clinical trials. 

Efficacy of activated allogeneic umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal cells for treatment of synovitis in horses

Lead Investigator:  Dr. Judith Koenig            

Graduate Student: Dr. Rodrigo Munevar Luque

Synovial inflammation is present in the osteoarthritic joint having a role in osteoarthritis (OA) pathogenesis, likely by modifying synovial biology. Equine and canine synovitis is a painful and debilitating condition that can be difficult to manage due to inferior quality repair tissue leading to OA, a progressive disease for which there is no cure.
A form of stem cell therapy, where stem cells are extracted from umbilical cord blood, has come to the forefront in recent years as a potential therapeutic option for joint injury. This cell therapy may help to decrease inflammation and prevent further degeneration of tissues. Recent advancements and research from this team have highlighted mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy as a promising avenue for joint injury management. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of activated MSC in cryomedium versus those in hyaluronic acid (HA) and HA alone.

Inclusion Criteria:

Horses with a diagnosis of synovitis/osteoarthritis of the fetlock or carpus

Status:  Open, Enrollment

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Treatment of Elbow Dysplasia Patients with Canine Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

Lead Investigator:  Dr. Melissa MacIver      

Graduate Student: Dr. Rebecca Beardall (DVSc)

Joint inflammation and associated diseases are common in dogs, with an estimate of  20% of dogs developing osteoarthritis (OA) Large to giant breed dogs are often diagnosed with elbow dysplasia (ED), which tends to lead to OA later in life. Current treatments, such as medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)) and surgery, are not effective in all dogs. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have clinically demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects and will be developed as a treatment option for immune and inflammatory disorders in dogs such as ED. This alternative shall be tested for improved safety and efficacy and require less owner compliance than NSAIDs.

Inclusion Criteria:

Dogs that have a confirmed diagnosis of bilateral elbow dysplasia and are otherwise healthy

Status:  Open, Enrollment

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